POSTED BY Uttam Sengupta ON Nov 03, 2015 AT 23:30 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 03, 2015 23:30 IST

Some of the more entertaining and perceptive comments and analyses on what the Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi chose to describe as the 'mother of all elections' are seen on facebook and Twitter. Possibly the first assembly election being contested so fiercely on social media, where abuses are being traded with abandon, the discourse is also peppered with humour, sarcasm, wit and more details than traditional media can muster.

A comment over the weekend on facebook from one Rajeev Kumar, for example, read : " BJP needs to score 57 runs in seven balls ( the unwritten allusion is how close it can get)…opening batsmen Giriraj Singh and Radhamohan Singh are back in the pavilion…star batsman Narendra Modi is in the dressing room retired hurt…Jitan Ram Manjhi and Ram Vilas Paswan are batting but are unable to score…coach Amit Shah is frantically signaling to Manjhi to get out ( Hit Wicket) but Manjhi appears oblivious to the advice…BJP seems to be missing the services of Shatrughan Sinha who has been kept out of the team in the wake of charges of 'match fixing' against him…cheer leaders Smriti Irani, Sadhvi Niranjana and Sushma Swaraj are working out a sweat but their efforts are obviously not enough to influence the result…".

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POSTED BY Uttam Sengupta ON Nov 03, 2015 AT 23:30 IST, Edited At: Nov 03, 2015 23:30 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Oct 29, 2015 AT 22:25 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 29, 2015 22:25 IST

Former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt is known for his role in filing an affidavit in the Supreme Court against Narendra Modi over his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Bhatt who has always been very vocal about various issues, especially on Facebook, and whose Facebook cover photo right now reads, "rage rage against the dying of the light" has been using the social networking site to slam the Modi government and its policies.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Oct 29, 2015 AT 22:25 IST, Edited At: Oct 29, 2015 22:25 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Sep 14, 2015 AT 21:27 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 14, 2015 21:27 IST

Delhi-based journalist and human rights activist John Dayal seems to have become the new target for Hindutva trolls on the internet. 

Even though he has often been the subject of such hostile attention, there has been a sharp spurt in the attacks via Twitter with the #ShameOnJohnDayal hashtag trending wildly. 

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Sep 14, 2015 AT 21:27 IST, Edited At: Sep 14, 2015 21:27 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 01, 2015 AT 06:40 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 01, 2015 06:40 IST

Haryana's Bibipur Village Panchayat initiated a unique #SelfieWithDaughter contest to drive home the importance of a girl child. The media was abuzz with the story which reached our Prime Minister who is known to engage in selfie-diplomacy. So this time he decided to try his hands at some selfie-activism. Little did he know that his endorsement for the above contest on his 'Mann ki Baat' radio show would generate so much heat and debate that the real message would ultimately get lost.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 01, 2015 AT 06:40 IST, Edited At: Jul 01, 2015 06:40 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 14, 2015 AT 20:27 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 14, 2015 20:27 IST

Amidst a raging debate over net neutrality, the All India Bakchod has come up with a video raising awareness about the importance of the same. AIB which has often made videos on raging social issues appeals its viewers to save the internet. Needless to say, the video has gone viral.

 

If you want to save the internet, then tell TRAI you need net neutrality.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 14, 2015 AT 20:27 IST, Edited At: Apr 14, 2015 20:27 IST
     
 
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